Berlinale adds 17 features to the Generation programme, aimed at children and youths, including the European premiere of a feature co-directed by Flight of the Conchords Jemaine Clement.

A total of 60 short and full-length films from 35 countries have been selected for the Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus competitions at the Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-16). They include five long and nine short animated films.

Section head Maryanne Redpath said: “This diversity transcends all limits, in content, imagery, narrative structure and rhythm. Each of these animated gems creates its own universe and is a fantastic cinematic adventure, not just for children.”

The selection includes What We Do in the Shadows, a mockumentary that follows the struggles of a group of New Zealand–based vampires to understand modern society and adapt to the ever-changing world around them. The ensemble includes Flights of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement, who co-directs alongside Taika Waititi.

This year, Generation will be returning to the recently reopened Zoo Palast cinema, as well as screening at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. The section’s short film competition will take place in the CinemaxX at Potsdamer Platz.

The full Berlinale programme will be announced on Jan 28.

Generation 14plus

WP = World Premiere / IP = International Premiere / EP = European Premiere

Histoires d’Indiens (Canada)
dir. Robert Morin (WP)

ärtico (arctic) (Spain)
dir. Gabri Velázquez (WP)

Feriado (Holiday) (Ecuador / Argentina)
dir. Diego Araujo (WP)

Mavi Dalga (The Blue Wave) (Turkey / Germany / Netherlands / Greece)
dir. Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan (IP) 

Supernova (Netherlands / Germany / Belgium)
dir. Tamar van den Dop (WP)

Obietnica (The Word) (Poland / Denmark)
dir. Anna Kazejak (WP)

Violet (Belgium / Netherlands)
dir. Bas Devos (WP) 

What We Do in the Shadows (New Zealand / US)
dir. Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (EP)

Above Us All (Netherlands / Belgium)
dir. Eugenie Jansen (WP) out of competition

As announced in the previous press release, the programme also includes:

52 Tuesdays (Australia)
dir. Sophie Hyde (EP)

Atlántida (Argentina/France)
dir. Inés María Barrionuevo (WP)

Einstein and Einstein (People’s Republic of China)
dir. Cao Baoping (EP)

Galore (Australia)
dir. Rhys Graham (IP)

God Help the Girl (UK)
dir. Stuart Murdoch (EP)

Il Sud è Niente (South Is Nothing) (Italy/France)
dir. Fabio Mollo (EP)

Ömheten (Broken Hill Blues) (Sweden)
dir. Sofia Norlin (IP)

Somos Mari Pepa (We Are Mari Pepa) (Mexico)
dir. Samuel Kishi Leopo (EP)

Generation Kplus

Beyond Beyond (Sweden / Denmark)
dir. Esben Toft Jacobsen (WP) 

Emil & Ida i Lönneberga (That Boy Emil) (Sweden)
dir. Per Åhlin, Alicja Jaworski Björk and Lasse Persson (German premiere) (out of competition)

Finn (Netherlands)
dir. Frans Weisz (IP)

Hitono Nozomino Yorokobiyo(Joy of Man’s Desiring) (Japan)
dir. Masakazu Sugita (WP)

Jack et la mécanique du cœur (Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart) (France)
dir. Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla (IP)

Killa (The Fort)  (India)
dir. Avinash Arun (WP) 

Midden in de Winternacht (A Christmoose Story) (Netherlands / Sweden / Belgium)
dir. Lourens Blok (IP) 

Were Dengê Min (Come to My Voice) (Turkey / Germany / France)
dir. Hüseyin Karabey (WP)

As announced in the previous press release, the programme also includes:

Ciencias Naturales (Natural Sciences) (Argentina)
dir. Matías Lucchesi (WP)

Loulou, l’Incroyable Secret (Wolfy, the Incredible Secret) (France)
dirs. Grégoire Solotareff and Eric Omond (IP)

MGP Missionen (The Contest) (Denmark)
dir. Martin Miehe-Renard (IP)

Tante Hilda! (Aunt Hilda!) (France/Luxembourg)
dirs. Jacques-Rémy Girerd and Benoît Chieux (EP)

Short films - Generation 14plus

Cowboys Janken Ook (Even Cowboys Get to Cry), Netherlands, by Mees Peijnenburg - IP

Emo (the musical), Australia, by Neil Triffett - WP

Exchange & Mart, Great Britain, by Martin Clark and Cara Connolly - EP

Luna Vieja (Old Moon), USA, by Raisa Bonnet - EP

Mike, Great Britain, by Petros Silvestros – WP

Proavlio (Schoolyard), Greece, by Rinio Dragasaki - EP

rhizome, Japan, by Masahiro Ohsuka - EP

Seagulls, Great Britain, by Martin Smith - WP

Snowblind, Australia, by Sean Kruck, Berlinale Generation 14plus 2009: Summer Breaks - IP

SOLITON, Japan, by Isamu Hirabayashi, Berlinale Generation 14plus 2013: Ninja & Soldier –WP

Søn (Son), Denmark, by Kristoffer Kiørboe - WP

Tits, Great Britain, by Alex Winckler, Berlinale Generation Kplus 2011: Thomas - IP

Yebhokhwe (The Goat), South Africa, by John Trengove, Berlinale Talent 2014 - WP

Vetrarmorgun (Winter Morning) Faroe Islands, by Sakaris Stórá, Berlinale Talent 2010) - IP

Short films - Generation Kplus

Ağrı ve Dağ (Ağri and the Mountain), Turkey, by Hasan Serin - EP

el (away), Hungary, by Roland Ferge - WP

Eleven, New Zealand, by Abigail Greenwood - WP

Eu não digo adeus, digo até logo (I Don’t Say Goodbye, I Say See You Soon), Brazil, by Giuliana Monteiro - WP

Hijos de la tierra (Earth’s Children), Peru, by Diego Sarmiento, Berlinale Talent 2014 - WP

Kalle Kran, Sweden, by Johan Hagelbäck, Berlinale Generation Kplus 2013: Köttbullarna och mobbångrarna - WP

Min vän lage (My Friend Lage), Sweden / Denmark, by Eva Lindström, Berlinale Kinderfilmfest 1995: Lutning - EP

Moy lichniy los’ (My Own Personal Moose), Russian Federation, by Leonid Shmelkov - WP

Nain Géant (Dwarf Giant), Switzerland / France, by Fabienne Giezendanner - WP

Out of this World, Sweden, by Viktor Nordenskiöld - WP

Pigs, USA / Singapore / Malaysia, by Laura Mohai - IP

Rangzen, India, by Gaurav Saxena - WP

Sārtulis (Little Ruddy) Latvia, by Dace Rīdūze, Berlinale Generation Kplus 2011: ZĪĻUKS - WP

Sepatu Baru (On Stopping the Rain), Indonesia, by Aditya Ahmad - IP

Sprout, Republic of Korea, by Ga-eun Yoon – IP

The Dam Keeper, USA, by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi - WP

Vāsa, (Vasa, Latvia), by Jānis Cimmermanis, Berlinale Generation Kplus 2012: Corrida – WP